Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Bits & Pieces: His Promised Presence

"I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you, " (John 14:16,17).

*With the cross only hours away, the Lord Jesus spoke these needed words of assurance to His men. By returning to the Father, the way was cleared for the Holy Spirit to begin His ministry of permanently abiding with, and within, believers. Unknown by the world system, the Spirit of truth nontheless abides with Christians forever.

*In the original language, the word translated "Helper" carries the idea of One "called alongside to help." The Holy Spirit, the Lord Jesus promised, takes up permanent residence in the life of the truly regenerate person, providing immeasurable help through His continual inner ministry.
Although the world has no use for Him, to the Christian the Spirit of truth is his whole source for comfort, conviction, instruction, and security.

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